NY Gay Marriage Bill Needs One Vote

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Andrew Chapin of New York holds a sign during a rally outside the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Gay rights advocates want the Legislature to approve legislation to legalize gay marriage in New York. The Democrat-led state Assembly passed a gay marriage measure in 2007 and is expected to do so again. But Democrats in charge of the state Senate say they currently lack the votes for passage. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York State is just one vote shy of becoming the largest state to legalize gay marriage after a second Republican senator, Roy J. McDonald, came forward to support the bill on Tuesday. When same-sex legislation was last before the state senate, the GOP voted against it en masse. Three Democrats who also previously opposed the bill have indicated they will switch their votes. A vote is likely for Friday.